Two women (Flowers in hair) by Paul Gauguin

Two women (Flowers in hair) by Paul Gauguin

Someone witty and aptly noticed that the artist all his life, in fact, is writing the same book, only slightly varying it. After Paul Gauguin decided to break with the “delights” of his modern urban civilization and in search of inspiration left for Tahiti, in Polynesia, his painting seemed to take a second wind.

He consciously sought inspiration in the art of primitive – because by that time sincerity, purity and natural power had almost disappeared from Western European art. To imitate nature, Gauguin did not become – for this he was too original. However, it was the earthly paradise that was revealed to him in Tahiti that became an inexhaustible source of new creative energy.

Gauguin was not afraid to repeat himself. So, his very young Tahitian wife Tehura appears on many canvases as a heroine and a model. In the depth of the picture “Two Women” appears a rider from another picture. Guessing in the depth of the evening landscape in color color is also typical for the post-impressionist style of Gauguin.

The dog sitting in the door pricked up his ears – a sure sign that he was on the alert, something important was about to happen. The figures of the two Papuansoks are drawn in such a way that one half-turned to us is the one with flowers in her hair and which in part resembles Tehura, the other is much older – with a heavy, gloomy look. A certain mystery of the picture is attached to the image in the upper right corner – the third woman who moved the curtain, but clearly of European origin, can be guessed. And it’s hard to understand whether the window is there, whether it’s a picture, or maybe just a vision from another world – because, among the blue, purple and green, this figure looks like a pale shadow.

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